In the works of Nature, purpose, not accident, is the main thing.
Man is by nature a social animal; an individual who is unsocial naturally and not accidentally is either beneath our notice or more than human. Society is something that precedes the individual. Anyone who either cannot lead the common life or is so self-sufficient as not to need to, and therefore d
The state comes into existence for the sake of life and continues to exist for the sake of good life.
Of cases where a man is truthful both in speech and conduct when no considerations of honesty come in, from an habitual sincerity of disposition. Such sincerity may be esteemed a moral excellence; for the lover of truth, who is truthful even when nothing depends on it, will a fortiori be truthful wh
Demonstration is also something necessary, because a demonstration cannot go otherwise than it does, ... And the cause of this lies with the primary premises/principles.
Some animals utter a loud cry. Some are silent, and others have a voice, which in some cases may be expressed by a word; in others, it cannot. There are also noisy animals and silent animals, musical and unmusical kinds, but they are mostly noisy about the breeding season.
Consider pleasures as they depart, not as they come.
It is just that we should be grateful, not only to those with whose views we may agree, but also to those who have expressed more superficial views; for these also contributed something, by developing before us the powers of thought.
Great and frequent reverses can crush and mar our bliss both by the pain they cause and by the hindrance they offer to many activities. Yet nevertheless even in adversity nobility shines through, when a man endures repeated and severe misfortune with patience, not owing to insensibility but from gen
Meanness is incurable; it cannot be cured by old age, or by anything else.
Youth should be kept strangers to all that is bad, and especially to things which suggest vice or hate. When the five years have passed away, during the two following years they must look on at the pursuits which they are hereafter to learn. There are two periods of life with reference to which educ
It is the activity of the intellect that constitutes complete human happiness - provided it be granted a complete span of life, for nothing that belongs to happiness can be incomplete.
Excellence or virtue in a man will be the disposition which renders him a good man and also which will cause him to perform his function well.
Those who excel in virtue have the best right of all to rebel, but then they are of all men the least inclined to do so.
Most men appear to think that the art of despotic government is statesmanship, and what men affirm to be unjust and inexpedient in their own case they are not ashamed of practicing towards others; they demand just rule for themselves, but where other men are concerned they care nothing about it. Suc
Happiness lies in virtuous activity, and perfect happiness lies in the best activity, which is contemplative
Therefore, the good of man must be the end of the science of politics.
Not every action or emotion however admits of the observance of a due mean. Indeed the very names of some directly imply evil, for instance malice, shamelessness, envy, and, of actions, adultery, theft, murder. All these and similar actions and feelings are blamed as being bad in themselves; it is n
No tyrant need fear till men begin to feel confident in each other.
At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst. Aristotl
Fear is pain arising from the anticipation of evil. Aristotl
The beautiful is that which is desirable in itself.
The aim of the wise is not to secure pleasure, but to avoid pain. Aristotl
There's many a slip between the cup and the lip.
It is possible to fail in many ways...while to succeed is possible only in one way.
Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods.
He who is unable to live in society, or who has no need because he is sufficient for himself, must be either a beast or a god.
Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity. Aristotl
Revolutions are not about trifles, but spring from trifles.
In inventing a model we may assume what we wish, but should avoid impossibilities.